The Ansayrii or Assassins with Travels in the Further East, in 1850-51. Including a Visit to Nineveh. THREE VOLUMES.

Walpole, Frederick.

Book ID: 9508

£500.00

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8vo. Volume I: xv, 402 pp., [2 adverts], frontispiece portrait / Volume II: xi, 378 pp., [2 adverts] / Volume III: viii, 458 pp., [2 adverts], original embossed cloth, rubbed round edges, spines faded, foxed, mainly towards beginning and end, small tear to front endpapers where a label has been removed, book plates and library labels verso front cover, Volumes II & III missing frontis plates, this has been reflected in the price, Richard Bentley, London, first edition, 1851.

Synopsis

An interesting account of travels through the mountains of the Nusairis, where at that time still lived descendants of the Isma’ili sect of Naziris or Assassins which flourished in the 11th/13th centuries. The book includes a detailed description of the Ansayrii, their customs, and way of life, as observed by the author during his sojourn among them. Also descriptions of Asia Minor as far north as Trebizond” (Ghani).
The lithographed portrait is printed on rice paper, the two frontispieces are steel engravings of Rebecca’s well at Haran, and the birth place of Abraham.
Bibliographic reference: Röhricht 2267.

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